Can I still take the ACE Exam and be
awarded the RAS Credential after December 31, 2014?
Yes. The ACE Exam will
continue to be administered throughout the United States,
including California, after December 31, 2014, and Breining
Institute will continue to award the Registered Addiction
Specialist (RAS) Credential, which is held by addiction
professionals in 47 US States and 14 countries.
For counselors in California who wish to earn the
State-approved CATC Credential, CAADE will accept candidates
who have passed the ACE Exam by December 31, 2014. After
December 31, 2014, if they have not already passed the ACE
Exam, CATC candidates will need to pass the CATC Exam
administered by CAADE.
For California counselors seeking to use the ACE Exam to
qualify for the CATC Credential, new sign-ups for the ACE
Exam (California counselors only) were cut-off as of
December 1, in order to allow candidates sufficient time to
schedule and take the ACE Exam prior to December 31, 2014.
My employer needs me to confirm I am
registered with CAADE, and in compliance with California law
requiring my registration. How can I do this?
You may confirm your
registration with CAADE at the Centralized Data Base, which
includes alcohol and other drug / substance use disorder (AOD/SUD)
professional counselors who are registered and/or certified
in accord with California law, including all Breining
counselors recently transferred to and re-registered with
CAADE in August, 2014. The Centralized Data Base may be
My employer received a notice from the
Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Notice No.
14-028, that says I need to re-register with another
certifying organization by March 19, 2015, or I will lose my
right to work. Is this true?
The DHCS notice is confusing and
incorrect, and we have requested DHCS retract and correct
the misinformation in that notice. The law is clear that,
because all Breining California counselors have already been
re-registered with CAADE in August 2014 as part of the
Breining/CAADE transition to a uniform certification
standard in California, these counselors do not need to
re-register with any other certifying organization, and the
RAS counselors certification remains valid until its
expiration date. (California Code of Regulations, Title 9,
Div. 4, Chap. 8, Sections 13035(d) and (e).)
My employer is getting notices and
letters saying my RAS Credential is no longer valid, and
that I have to get a different certification within six
months. Is this true?
State law says your RAS Credential will
remain valid until your renewal date. When you renew your
credential, Breining will renew and transition your RAS
Credential to the CATC Credential, another State-approved
and recognized certification. When you renew through
Breining, we will also renew your RAS and other Breining
credentials at no extra cost. You
can renew now, if you wish, by
using the RAS-to-CATC
transition application which is available here:
Q: California law says I
need to be registered with a State-approved certification
organization, and I’ve been registered or certified with
Breining for years. Other certification organizations are
telling me I need to switch my registration to them. Do I
need to switch?
A: No. As part of this
transition to a uniform certification standard in
California, all current California counselors registered
and/or certified with Breining have now been registered with
CAADE, at no cost to the counselors, so they meet the
California registration requirement.
Now that I have been "registered" with CAADE, does this mean
I am "certified" with CAADE and have the CATC credential?
State of California law requires "registration" of AOD/SUD
counselors, whether or not they are "certified" as AOD/SUD
counselors. All Breining counselors in California have now
been "registered" with CAADE, so that you maintain your
compliance with California law.
However, in order to hold the CATC "certification," you must
either get your RAS Credential transitioned to the CATC
Credential through Breining, or earn and be awarded the CATC
Credential directly through CAADE. If you transition to the
CATC through Breining, we will also continue to award you
the nationally-recognized RAS Credential, which is held by
AOD/SUD counselor professionals in 47 US States. An RAS-to-CATC
transition application is available here:
Q: I let my registration
or certification with Breining lapse, but would like to be
part of this transition to a uniform California credential.
Can I still do this?
A: Yes. Bring your
registration or certification up-to-date with Breining, then
we can transition you to the CAADE system and the CATC
Credential career track. Use this link to bring your
registration or certification up-to-date: https://www.addictionspecialists.com/renew.php
Q: I already have the
RAS Credential. What do I need to do to get the CATC
A: You may wait for
Breining to invoice you as you approach your renewal date,
or you may complete your renewal and receive the CATC
Credential now, by using the “RAS to CATC Application” at
this link: http://breining.edu/RASCalifornia.htm
Q: I have advanced RAS
or specialty Credentials from Breining. What happens to me?
A: Breining will continue
to issue and renew its advanced RAS II, RAS III and M-RAS
Credentials, as well as the Specialty Credentials including
the CSC, MCA, CWTS, MATC, FAC and CCDS. Counselors with the
advanced RAS II, RAS III, or M-RAS Credentials will be
renewed with both the CATC and their advanced credential, so
that they remain in compliance with California law (relating
to the entry-level certification) and still retain the
recognition of having earned their advanced and specialized
Q: I am registered with
Breining as an RAS Intern, and want to earn the CATC. How do
I do this?
A: Complete a 45-unit
Addiction Studies Certificate program with Breining (or
other approved CAADE school); complete/document 2,080 hours
of clinical experience and 160 hours of supervised clinical
experience; and then pass the CATC exam administered by
CAADE. More information about the “Steps to Success: Earning
the CATC Credential through Breining” is available at this
I am new to the field, need to be registered with a
State-approved certification organization, and want the CATC
Credential. How do I do this?
registered with CAADE, which you may do through the Breining web site, and then follow the steps listed in the
question above to earn the CATC. Here is a link to
get registered with CAADE: http://breining.edu/RASCalifornia.htm
Q: I’d like to be
awarded the CATC Credential in California, but also continue
to keep my RAS Credential, which is nationally-recognized
and held by addiction professionals in 47 US States. Can I
still maintain my RAS Credential?
A: Yes. Transitioning to
the CATC is for the establishment of a uniform standard in
California, but the RAS Credential will continue to be
awarded by Breining to counselors throughout the United
States, as well as to California counselors. When you
transition your RAS to the CATC through Breining, there will
be no additional charge for us to renew your RAS or other
Breining-issued advanced and specialty credentials.
Q: Are CAADE and
Breining merging into one organization?
A: No. Breining and CAADE
have teamed up to administer this uniform and credible
professional certification in California, but each will
remain separate organizations as they continue to work
together to develop more programs and services for addiction
professionals. More information about these organizations
can be found at their respective websites at
www.caade.org or www.breining.edu